Friday, August 19, 2011

Housing leader takes job at county

Kathy Grotto to work for Land Use and Building Services

Express Staff Writer

Kathy Grotto

Kathy Grotto will soon leave the Blaine County Housing Authority, where she served for three years as executive administrator. She will take up a planning position under County Planning Director Tom Bergin at the Land Use and Building Services Department.

Grotto spent two and a half years in the Ketchum Planning Department before going to work as the chief Hailey planner in 2000. She worked for seven years in Hailey, helping to establish Hailey's Townsite Overlay District and rewrite design guidelines to preserve the character of Old Hailey.

"Some of the work of which I am most proud includes ordinances for the city that provide for park land dedication and community housing," Grotto told the Mountain Express in 2007.

After seven years with the Hailey Planning Department, Grotto went to work at Benchmark Associates engineering and planning firm.

In 2008, she joined the Blaine County Housing Authority, representing the department at public city meetings in the Wood River Valley.

"Kathy did a magnificent job at BCHA. She left us in great shape," said Nancy Smith, Blaine County Housing Authority program director.

The Blaine County Housing Authority is currently searching for a replacement for Grotto.

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